Hello, everyone! I took a small break from the blogging world, but as in most ongoing gags.....I'M BAAAACCCKKK! Have you ever run across a book title that just made you stop and think, "What?!?". I mean a title that makes you stop in your tracks, proceed two steps back and pick the book in question off the shelf just to see what it's about. Think hard...you'll probably come up with several. Today's choice fits this bill quite well, so without further ado...
Leven Thumps is a young orphaned boy. Badly mistreated by his current "family", he unwittingly begins to uncover true facts about his mysterious past. Once upon a time, his ancestors, namely grandpa Hector Thumps, built a gateway to the world of dreams, simply called Foo. The land of Foo is in great danger as shadow minions reek havoc in their quest to rule. Dreams are not the only things in danger though. Sabine, the darkest being in Foo, wants to rule both the dream world AND our world by using the hidden gateway to cross over into our reality. Unless the gateway is destroyed, the future is indeed tainted black.
Recently finding the backbone he needed for years, Leven sets out on a quest to save both worlds....but he is not alone. With the help of Winter Frore, a Nit, able to freeze things at will; Clover Ernest, a sycophant, who has Leven as his burn (master), there to guide and hinder (you'll see) in his quest to save Foo; and Geth, the rightful heir to Foo, currently in the form of a walking, talking toothpick (don't question it, just go with it)...does either world stand a chance of surviving? Will these "crusaders" live to tell their tale? Who would believe them?
This is the first book in a four part (currently) series. I will only alude to the fact that it definitely gets more adventurous as the story progresses, however since I will be reviewing the additional titles later on, I will refrain from additional spoilers. You of course are welcome to spoil away...so long as you have or are reading the books! I definitely recommend being in the right mindset before starting this book. You really have to want to read a true fantasy tale. I would liken it in story style to a lightweight 'Lord of the Rings'. Why? Well, simply for the fact that you have to climb into the world created by the author body and soul. Stop packing your bags...you're not taking a vacation! I just mean that the author created the world these characters are in, the time they are in, the language they use. In order to truly enjoy the story, you really have to learn the verbiage.
Feel free to share your comments and feedback!
Until next time...happy reading!